As Counselor of Embassy for Consular Affairs and Consul General, Robert (“Rob”) Batchelder is the American Ambassador’s senior advisor on consular, visa, and border security matters. He directs the activities of the U.S. Embassy’s consular section and coordinates the provision of all consular services in Poland.
Before arriving in Warsaw in July 2015, Mr. Batchelder was a Foreign Policy Advisor to senior U.S. and Canadian military leaders at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Batchelder was Consul General at the United States Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, where he also served as Chargé d’Affaires from February 3, 2012 until the arrival of the new U.S. Ambassador on April 24, 2012.
A member of the Foreign Service since 1994, Mr. Batchelder has also served overseas in Jamaica, Namibia, Argentina, and Germany. In Washington, he worked in the State Department’s 24-hour Operations Center, providing crisis management support and training to diplomatic and consular posts in the Western Hemisphere and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also served as desk officer for the Andean region in the Consular Affairs bureau’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services.
Mr. Batchelder holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.
Rob speaks Spanish, Swedish, German and Polish. He and his wife Karen have two young children.